Penang State Level World Water Day 2024 Celebration – 25th May 2024, Bukit Dumbar Recreational Park.

Water Watch Penang (WWP), in collaboration with the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP), successfully hosted the annual World Water Day celebration at Bukit Dumbar Recreational Park on May 25th, 2024. The event aimed to promote responsible water consumption, universal access to safe drinking water, and sustainable water management practices amongst Penangites and industries in Penang.

Themed “Save Water for Penang 2030,” the celebration highlighted the critical need for Penangites to conserve water for a long-term sustainable future. The state faces a high risk of water shortages due to its domestic water consumption exceeding the national average.

Distinguished guests, including Penang Chief Minister YAB Chow Kon Yeow, WWP President, Prof Dr Chan Ngai Weng, and PBAPP Chief Executive Officer, Ir Pathmanathan Krishnan Kutty Raman Nair, officiated at the opening ceremony. This year’s event was also graced by the presence of prominent figures from the national water sector, including Chairman of SPAN Tuan Charles Santiago, Chairman of the Malaysian Water Association Dr. Ir. Ts. Mohd. Asari Daud, CEOs and General Managers from various state water companies, and the Director of the Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS), Ir. Mr. Mohd. Nazri Yasmin.

WWP Chairman Prof Dr Chan delivered a welcome address, expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister and highlighting Penang’s water challenges and water-saving tips. Speeches followed by Ir Pathmanathan and YAB Chow further emphasized the importance of water conservation in Penang.

Following the speeches, attendees, including YAB Chow and other VIPs, toured informative booths from various stakeholders. The event also offered engaging activities for all ages, including a coloring and drawing competition, a ‘water guessing game’ and button badge making sessions.
The coloring and drawing competition saw the participation of over 140 children and teenagers (5-19 years old) from schools in Penang.
The celebration concluded with a prize-giving ceremony where WWP Chairman Prof Dr Chan and PBAPP Chief Executive Officer Ir Pathmanathan presented awards to the competition winners.

Ms. Suaida Binti Ibnu, the winner of Water Guessing Game, walked away with an Honor Tablet

The name of the following winners for coloring and drawing competition winners are as follow: Congratulations to these young talents!

Category A (5-6 years old):
Champion: Qurratul Umni Haniyya Binti Mohd Ridzuan (SK Convent Bukit Mertajam)
First Runner-up: Low Xin Tong (Tadika Rajawali)
Second Runner-up: Ooi Jay Na (Prince and Princess Kindergarten)

Category B (7-9 years old):
Champion: Mak Suen Wen (SJKC Chong Cheng)
First Runner-up: Alyssa Ang Wei San (SJKC Li Hwa)
Second Runner-up: Luke Chong Zhi Han (SJKC Chong Cheng)

Category C (10-12 years old):
Champion: Siah Pei Xuen (SJKC Chong Cheng)
First Runner-up: Shiela Lean Jie Chun (SJKC Han Chiang)
Second Runner-up: Ooi Joelle (SJKC Li Hwa)

Category D (13-15 years old):
Champion: Siah Pei Shan (SMK Bukit Jambul)
First Runner-up: Ooi Joey (SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth)
Second Runner-up: Seah Ru Anne (SMJK Union)

Category E (16-19 years old):
Champion: Gracelyn Loh Yi Thing (SMJK Perempuan China Pulau Pinang)
First Runner-up: Chew Yu Qi (SMJK Heng Ee)
Second Runner-up: Ang Kok Huai (SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman)

Water Watch Penang would also like to express our deepest gratitude to our partners for being part of this event together in the exhibition:

1) Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang
2) Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai
3) Jabatan Alam Sekitar
4) Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN)
5) D.O.E Industries Sdn Bhd
6) Salcon Engineering Berhad
7) River Engineering & Urban Drainage Research Center (REDAC Usm)
8) Malaysian Nature Society
9) Green Educators’ Workgroup (Grew)
10) School Of Humanities
11) Acs Usm International Student Chapter (American Chemical Society, USM)

Networking Trip with UKM, Short River Education Programme at Taman Jajar, Pulau Pinang – 20th May 2024.

On May 20th, 2024, Water Watch Penang (WWP) hosted a successful short river education program for students from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as part of their Networking Trip to Taman Jajar Sungai Ara. The program engaged a diverse group of participants, including nine UKM students, three international students from USM, and Dr. Ang Wei Lun, UKM Leader from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

The program commenced with a warm welcome by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Mou Leong, Vice President of Water Watch Penang, followed by a brief overview of WWP’s crucial sustainability initiatives.

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Nature Edutour: River Scientist – 18 Mei 2024, Belukar Bukit Kayak Adventure Park

Untuk julung-julung kalinya, pada 18 Mei 2024, Jenoba Outdoor dan Persatuan Pengamatan Air Pulau Pinang (Water Watch Penang – WWP) telah bekerjasama menganjurkan Program Pendidikan Air dan Sungai , Nature Edutour: River Scientist di Belukar Bukit Bukit Kayak Adventure Park, Terengganu. Program ini telah disertai 14 peserta yang berusia 13 hingga 17 tahun dari komuniti penduduk Kampung Belukar Bukit Kayak, bersama wakil dari Jenoba Outdoor iaitu Encik Mohd Najib Bin Alias, Encik Mohamad Faizal Bin Sulong dan Encik Ahmad Najmi Bin Mat Zaik.

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Two-Day Exhibition Focused on Raising Awareness about Water Conservation in Conjunction with Intel Malaysia Safety Week 2024 – 7th and 9th May 2024

Water Watch Penang is honored to have been invited to raise awareness about water conservation as part of Intel Malaysia Safety Week, participating as one of the exhibitors on May 7th and 9th, 2024, at the Bayan Lepas and Kulim plants respectively. Representing Water Watch Penang were Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the Executive Manager of WWP, along with interns from UMK, Ms. Atiqah and Ms. Fatin.

During this two-day exhibition, WWP aimed to educate Intel staff and general participants about water issues and challenges in Penang, with the goal of fostering a water-saving society. In addition to sharing WWP’s past achievements, representatives interacted with participants to explain that despite Penang’s classification as a water-poor region, significant water wastage occurs due to the remarkably low domestic tariff. WWP also provided insights into the recent tariff hike in Penang and Malaysia as a whole.

Furthermore, WWP highlighted successful Intel’s partnership in the Negalitres for Schools Programme and Intel River Ranger Programme. Various water-saving videos and past winners of the TikTok Water Saving competitions were presented to guide participants in water-saving initiatives. As part of a continuous partnership with PBAPP, WWP distributed water-saving kits and guidebooks for water conservation, accompanied by explanations and guidance from WWP.

Water Watch Penang extends its gratitude to Intel Malaysia for the invitation to these two-day exhibitions. For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Hong Chern Wern, Executive Manager of WWP, at hong.wwp@gmail.com or +6019-5751253.

Water Watch Penang delivers Environmental Talk in Conjunction with Intel Malaysia Safety Week 2024 – 7th May 2024

On May 7th, 2024, Water Watch Penang was privileged to be invited to deliver an environmental talk titled ‘Our Household Water Consumption and How to Use Them Wisely,’ as part of Intel Malaysia Safety Week. Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the Executive Manager of WWP, led the presentation, assisted by interns Ms. Atiqah and Ms. Fatin.

Dr. Hong commenced the session by outlining WWP’s objectives, achievements, and past initiatives. He highlighted Intel’s partnership with WWP on the achievement of Negalitres for Schools Programme and Intel River Ranger Programme. Dr. Hong also shown to the participants that despite Penang’s classification as a water-poor region, it experiences significant water wastage due to the remarkably low domestic tariff.
Dr. Hong also demonstrated that despite Penang’s classification as a water-poor region, it experiences significant water wastage due to the remarkably low domestic tariff.

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